(WBIR, Knoxville) Newly-elected Knox County Criminal Court Clerk Mike Hammond has only been in his new office for a few days, but he is already making changes so the office runs more efficiently and with fewer errors.
A 10News investigation last year revealed errors in the criminal court clerks office run by Joy McCroskey led to wrongful arrests and jail time.
Investigation: Errors leading to wrongful arrests, Knox officials say
She did not run for re-election, and Hammond won the job.
On Wednesday, Hammond held a press conference to talk about changes he plans to make to the office.
Hammond said he has put together a team to organize and categorize warrants in sessions court that haven't been properly filed, and another team is in place to update minute books which are the record of the court. Right now, they are months behind.
"One of the reasons we have errors is because there was lack of organization. When the employees were telling me they would get a request for a file and it took two weeks to find it. It's obvious that it hasn't been filed properly. You'll see boxes and boxes down there that still have to be filed," said Hammond.
Hammond is already implementing these changes, but says it will take several months to get everything running the way he wants it.
He has also unveiled a new website for the clerks office where citizens can find docket information and make payments.